The 'Giving Back' Veteran's Appeal

Help us to support local ex-armed forces personnel through our unique 'Giving Back Project'

The veterans are men and women who have served in any of the UK Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Royal Air Force) including those who have had direct exposure to military conflict. They are supported through Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust upon leaving the Armed Forces with any issues including mental health difficulties such as post traumatic stress disorder, trauma and depression; adjustment into civilian life; and gaining employment. UHCW Charity fundraises for projects that the Partnership Trust then delivers.

With your help, we can fund a new project to address these challenges and give veterans a chance to use their particular skills and experience to help other vulnerable groups in our local community.

The Giving Back Project

Through our project a group of up to eight veterans will work in partnership with an award winning Outward Bound Centre to design a week long course for 12 disadvantaged young people and children - including those who are severely disabled, have experienced severe hardship or have been in the care system.

The veterans will work in partnership with qualified instructors from an Outward Bounds Centre to design and then deliver a week long course to disadvantaged young people from the Coventry & Warwickshire community. By 'Giving Back' again to the community they live in, veterans will regain the sense of teamwork so crucial to them, whilst benefiting from helping others in need to learn some of their skills set. The programme will help assist the veterans in their rehabilitation back into civilian life.

The benefits of the project are numerous. For the veterans, they include:

1) Addressing feelings of isolation by engaging veterans with their local community; meeting the ethos of the Armed Forces of ‘a commitment to their country and people’;
2) The opportunity to give something back;
3) The opportunity to gain qualifications with the aim of facilitating entry to employment;
4) Achieve something of tangible value by helping to improve the lives of marginalised people.

For marginalised young people, the personal benefits of learning new skills, team working; problem solving and finding a renewed purpose are unquantifiable.

Each project costs £10,000. With your help, we would like to run one a year.

For more details contact the Charity team on 02476 966059

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